At the Schoolhouse Gate: Lessons in Intellectual Freedom / Edition 1

At the Schoolhouse Gate: Lessons in Intellectual Freedom / Edition 1

by ReLeah Lent, Gloria Pipkin
     
 

ISBN-10: 0325003955

ISBN-13: 9780325003955

Pub. Date: 01/11/2002

Publisher: Heinemann

Click here to read the NCTE Council Chronicle review of At the Schoolhouse Gate: Lessons in Intellectual Freedom!

"It can hardly be argued that either students or teachers shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate." With this pronouncement in 1969, Justice Abe Fortas laid down the law. But this has by

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Click here to read the NCTE Council Chronicle review of At the Schoolhouse Gate: Lessons in Intellectual Freedom!

"It can hardly be argued that either students or teachers shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate." With this pronouncement in 1969, Justice Abe Fortas laid down the law. But this has by no means meant that intellectual freedom reigns supreme. Far from it-American public schools can be the worst offenders, as Gloria Pipkin and ReLeah Cossett Lent make clear in this extraordinary account of courage, commitment, and caring for the teaching profession.

Over the last two decades Pipkin and Lent have worked together to build a tradition of intellectual freedom within public schools. Their book describes their struggles as cultural workers, the pedagogical and legal strategies they employed, the resistance they encountered, the lessons they learned, and the impact that they've seen on the lives of the students they serve. Their story brings vividly to life some of the most important questions in public education today:

  • Do First Amendment protections apply to teachers and students in K-12?
  • Who controls what we can read and write in schools?
  • Is inquiry or indoctrination at the heart of schooling?
  • Can critical literacy survive the machinations of shortsighted bureaucrats and board members?
Through two intertwined stories spanning nearly two decades, the authors address these questions. They also provide specific strategies for teachers trapped in similar circumstances. Emotionally intense, yet practical, At the Schoolhouse Gate provides for every teacher what every good teacher wants for his or her students: inspiration and elevation.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780325003955
Publisher:
Heinemann
Publication date:
01/11/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.52(d)
Age Range:
5 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

The Freedom to Read

The Road to Camelot

Choosing to Learn

Reading Under Fire

Confrontation

Building Public Support

Into the Infernov

Taking a Stand

Appeals, Rebukes, and Death Threats

The Power of the Pressv

Banned in Bay County

Saving the Classics

Christians Strike Back

Alone in the Wasteland

Courage and Despair

The Urge to Censor

Freedom of Expression

Yes and No at the Right Time

Lead out from Within

Remarking Ourselves

Rejecting the Human Search

Still Learning

The Writer or the Reader?

Silencing Mankind

The Fearful Magic of Print

Bad Decisions

No More to Build on There

For the Children

Safety in a Sane Society

Suppression and Suspicion

Offensive and Disagreeable Ideas

Specializing in the Impossible

Foundations of Freedom

Riches and Gaps

Challenging the Conventional Wisdom

Adding It Up / Intellectual Freedom Manifesto / What Can a Teacher Do?

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